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Trassey to Bloody Bridge

A moderate linear walk linking Trassey Track and Bloody Bridge via the Brandy Pad, taking in sights such as the Mourne Wall, the Castles, Slieve Commedagh and Slieve Donard. A more challenging alternative route is an option, by summiting Slievenaglogh and Slieve Commedagh, then following the Brandy Pad to Bloody Bridge.




7.3 miles

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Route Type



Unsurfaced mountain tracks

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Point of Interest

Trassey Track, Hare's Gap, the Mourne Wall, The Castles, Slieve Donard, Brandy Pad, Bloody Bridge.

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty


Route Description

Turn left out of Trassey car park. Approx 50m ahead you will see double gates and a stone stile at the start of Trassey Track. Continue up this quarry track passing though another 2 sets of double gates, both of which have a kissing gate. The panorama of the mountains will open up in front of you. The path becomes increasingly steeper as it follows the Trassey River. Look up to your right to see the crags of Spellack which are popular with climbers. Continue up Trassey Track and ascend to Hare's Gap, the col between Slievenaglogh and Slieve Bernagh. Cross the Mourne Wall using the stile or gate and bear left, picking up a well worn track (the Brandy Pad) which is much flatter. Continue along the Brandy Pad for 3 km where you will pass under Slievenaglogh, Slieve Corragh and Slieve Commedagh, the second highest peak in the Mournes. Stone steps will help you ascend the section of the Brandy Pad leading up to the col between Slieve Beg and Slieve Commedagh. At the obvious cairn on the col bear left passing under the craggy outcrops of the Castles on your left. Continue along the main path which traverses around the base of Slieve Donard to meet the wall at the Bog of Donard. Cross over the Mourne Wall and follow the obvious track down following the Bloody Bridge River. At the quarry, cross over the Bloody Bridge River and continue along the well used quarry track. After a pronounced zig zag in the path, take the track to the left towards the Bloody Bridge River. Cross the Bloody Bridge River using conveniently located boulders. Follow the river downstream, crossing a stile and a wooden footbridge across the Glenfofanny River. Continue following the river towards the coast and turn left when you reach the Ballagh Road. Bloody Bridge car park is 20m away on the opposite side of the road.

Optional extra (challenging): At Hare's Gap, pass through the gate or over the stile and turn left and follow the Mourne Wall up and over Slievenaglogh (586m). Continue along the Mourne Wall over Slieve Corragh and the Pot of Legawherry. Continue along the Mourne Wall and ascend Slieve Commedagh (765m). Descend Slieve Commedagh to the col between Slieve Commedagh and Slieve Donard, picking up the Brandy Pad to the Bog of Donard. Follow route description to Bloody Bridge car park as above.

Getting to the Start (by Public Transport)

Translink - journeyplanner.translink.co.uk

Getting to the Start (by Car)

The walk starts at Trassey car park. To get here follow the Hilltown Road out of Bryansford for 2.9 km, turn left at the junction with Trassey Road and continue for 1.3 km, Trassey car park is on the left hand side.


Dogs are allowed. Dogs must be kept on leads

Accessibility Grade

Grade 5

Accessible Facilities

The following facilities are available for users with limited mobility:

Disabled toilets - (at Bloody Bridge)


Car park and picnic facilities available at Trassey and Bloody Bridge car parks. Disabled toilet and baby changing facilities available in Bloody Bridge car park. Further car parking, cafe, toilets, camping and accommodation available at Meelmore Lodge located near Trassey Car Park.



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Ratings and Comments

Gail Barry 22 July, 2019 @ 10:18

When I lived there and worked in an outdoors area this was our favourite area, we would take the children along the easier path from the bridge to Hare's Gap, for leisure tackle Commedagh and Bearnagh. It has changed with paths,necessary to preserve the area, Commedagh from this side has wonderful views west into Co Armagh, fruther South, birds like ravens enjoyed it too playing on the thermals rising from the valley, Bearnagh Is a very difficult, sometimes dangerous climb with many scattered, loose boulders but the beauty and the sense of achievement that you've made it to the top was always a great reward, just be careful in bad weather as the bogs become extremley wet, we found we had to keep to the rocky foot of the mountains and the paths and boulders become slippery

Drew 1 July, 2017 @ 15:33

Started the walk in the opposite direction ( Bloody Bridge) to the afore mentioned posts. Fairly steep at the start - but we'll worth it - excellent views and points of interest along the way. Take my hat off to the men who built the wall - Going this direction you can finish with a welcome rest and refreshments at Meelmore Lodge - psst.... you can eat without feeling guilty.

John Hancock 25 April, 2015 @ 17:51

Completed this walk on 19/04/15. Fantastic weather that day. Been wanting to do this particular walk for ages and decided night before to go for it. Wasn't disappointed and I suspect many others will not be either. Superb views throughout.

niwalker 4 July, 2012 @ 12:08

Completed this walk last week and i can highly recommend it. We parked at meelmore lodge and headed the trassey track to hares gap where when took up the brandy pad. We found the walk very straight forward and fairly easy going most of the way. The hardest part of the walk was down towards bloody bridge as the path was rough and very boggy. I would advise anyone doing this walk to go to the bottom of donard then go down the glen river path as it is far drier. Taxi back to meelmore lodge cost us £10. Great wee day out had. :)

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